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At least 7 people died from outbreaks of meningococcus in this state

Federal and state health officials are investigating the outbreak ofmeningococcal diseasein Florida, primarily with gay, bisexual, or male. I am infected with a man who has sex.

As of Tuesday,Centers for Disease Control and Preventionconfirmed at least 24 cases and 7 deaths. The

outbreak is so serious that the Federal Health Agency calls it "one of the worst outbreaks of meningococcal disease in US history."

In addition,Florida Health Departmentstated that the number of cases identified was above the five-year average of state meningococcal infections.

"I'm worried because the case fatality rate is quite high," Dr. Peter Chin Hong, an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, San Francisco, told ABC News. "It's not like an unpleasant rash or boil. It can actually kill you, even if you're given antibiotics."

PHOTO: Center for Disease Control and Prevention signage stands outside the CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Dec. 10, 2020.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sign will be outside Atlanta's CDC headquarters in December. October 10, 2020.

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Spinal Cord Meningococcal disease refers to any disease caused by certain types of bacteria, including meningitis, that occurs when the inner layers of the brain and spinal cord become inflamed.

Symptoms included headache, fever, stiff shoulders, nausea, vomiting, and-if the illness entered the bloodstream-a dark purple rash.

This disease spreads mainly when saliva and body fluids such as saliva are exchanged. However, the disease generally requires long periods of close contact and is less contagious than the common cold and flu.

One in ten people have bacteria in the back of their nose and throat, but they don't get sick and are "carriers," the Federal Health Department said.

Meningococcal disease is fatal, and according to the CDC, about 10% to 15% of people with the disease can die.

The disease has been identified primarily in the gay and bisexual communities, but there is currently no evidence of a sexually transmitted disease.

Some people, such as those who live in crowded areas or are infected with HIV, are at high risk of infection, but they are not so-called "gay illnesses," Chin Hong said. ..

"In fact, many non-homosexuals have a meningococcal infection. This outbreak only occurred between men who had sex with men," he adds. I did. "Numerically, looking at the statistics, more non-MSMs, including college students [and] the elderly, have statistics."

Chin-Hong has an outbreak of meningococcus. Said that the risk to the general public is low because it tends to be regional and usually does not spread from state to state.

But he urged people to follow the CDC's advice. It means that anyone who identifies them as gay, bisexual, or a man who has sex with a man will be vaccinated against meningococcal vaccine if they live in Florida or plan to travel to Florida. ..

"Vaccination against meningococcal disease is the best way to prevent this serious illness, which can be fatal quickly," said the CDC's National Prevention. Dr. Jose Romero, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a statement. ..

He continued, "Gay and bisexual men living in Florida will be vaccinated for the outbreak in Florida and the number of pride events that will take place across the state in the coming weeks. It is important that Florida is discussing the availability of the MenACWY vaccine with healthcare providers. "

Neither CDC nor FDOH responded to ABC News' request for comment.